Air France B772 near Zurich on Apr 15th 2013, loss comm

Last Update: April 15, 2013 / 21:29:17 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 15, 2013

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-562

Destination
Beirut, Lebanon

Aircraft Registration
F-GSPC

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

ICAO Type Designator
B772

An Air France Boeing 777-200, registration F-GSPC performing flight AF-562 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Beirut (Lebanon), had just reached cruise level 370 about 70nm northwest of Zurich (Switzerland), still in French airspace and about to be handed off to Germany, when the crew set the transponder code for loss of communication. About 5 minutes later the aircraft turned around and returned to Paris for a safe landing on Charles de Gaulle's runway 26R still squawking loss comm about 55 minutes later.

Air France confirmed the aircraft returned to Paris due to a "technical incident". The flight has been postponed to the following day and is estimated to depart Paris as flight AF-562A with a delay of 17.5 hours.

A passenger reported the crew announced that all three radio units on board had failed.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 15, 2013

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-562

Destination
Beirut, Lebanon

Aircraft Registration
F-GSPC

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

ICAO Type Designator
B772

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